Each pond hockey hero is aware of a yard ice floor will be treacherous on account of numerous bumps and ruts.
Sam Seymour of Chelsea, Que., most likely is aware of this greater than anybody as he and his household have been sustaining a pond rink in a Gatineau Park clearing for the previous 23 years.
However this previous summer season a 60-gallon scorching water tank ignored on the curb of his neighbour’s home gave Seymour an concept to make rink upkeep — and skating — a bit simpler.
“My spouse thought I used to be loopy hauling down a scorching water tank that was beside our home in August,” he stated.
“I stated ‘There is a plan to it, so simply be affected person.'”
Accumulating the tank turned out to be a easy transfer come winter time. Seymour, with the assistance of some pals, transformed the tank right into a do-it-yourself Zamboni, or a “Samboni” as his pals began calling it.
Seymour fills the tank with water and makes use of an extended extension wire to energy the heating course of. The tank is mounted on a wood platform hooked up to a pair of previous skis that enables for the tank to be dragged over the ice floor.
Utilizing valves and PVC pipes that Seymour fitted to the tank, water is sprayed over the ice floor whereas previous bathtub mats held on the again of the rig unfold the nice and cozy water out evenly.
“Typically it takes two our bodies to get it in movement,” stated Seymour. “However as soon as it is in movement it is positive.”
Previous to this yr, Seymour used the extra conventional technique of flooding the pond by pumping chilly water over the floor. However that course of might go away the floor uneven, particularly with snow residue regularly overlaying the ice.
“The chilly water does not soften the snow that is there, so if there’s a bit little bit of snow — which there’s all the time a bit little bit of snow there — it freezes actually lumpy.”
Not solely does his new contraption soften many of the bumps and ruts, Seymour stated it prevents puddling and takes much less time.
“It might take hours and hours to freeze, like in a single day to freeze. And typically it would not freeze correctly. There’d be air bubbles in it. It was tough” he stated.
“This appears to be simply loads cleaner. It isn’t as thick of a layer, nevertheless it melts the ice on the similar time and melts all of the imperfections.”
Seymour acknowledged that his “Samboni” is a far cry from the hulking machines that make indoor rinks a virtually splendid flat floor, however he nonetheless says it is a stable enchancment.
“It is by no means excellent nevertheless it’s shut. As shut as we have to excellent.”
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